THEY may be bankrolled by billionaire Nathan Tinkler, but some Newcastle Jets players are not overly impressed with the luxuries afforded them on the first trip of the season.
They arrived at the Australian Institute of Sport, in Canberra, yesterday for a four-day camp that includes a hit-out against the ACT Rockets tomorrow night.
Accustomed to staying in four- and five-star hotels, some players did not seem impressed with the dormitory-style accommodation and expressed their sentiments on Twitter.
Striker Ryan Griffiths posted: ‘‘Love our rooms at ais!’’ which was accompanied by a photo of former Premier League star Michael Bridges. Other members of the squad joined in.
‘‘@RyuGriff @MarkBirraz @the_produecer @jacobpepper8 Haha worst room in history bro Get me out of here,’’ Bridges wrote. Griffiths added: ‘‘@Bridgy8 @markbirraz @the_produecer @jacobpepper8 how much is bail? This prison cell is cramped!’’
The comments disappeared from Twitter within an hour of an inquiry to Jets management by the Herald.
Jobe Wheelhouse, Marko Jesic, Mark Birighitti, Adam Taggart, James Brown, Sam Gallaway and Mitch Oxborrow have all spent at least a year on the campus as AIS products.
Birighitti posted: ‘‘Loving the prison cells where living in at AIS. I bet @Bridgy8 @RyuGriff aren’t use to living like this.’’
Jets management did not respond to Herald text messages last night.